News on Recycling Changes

The Town of Indian Trail is currently looking closer at the recycling service provided to residents as we and municipalities across the nation consider possible changes.

China's scrap import policies and a host of other foreign & domestic changes have spurred ongoing recycling ripple effects that will continue for years to come. China’s ban and tight contamination standards on dozens of scrap categories has upended recycling economics around the world. It further pressured the recycling industries from local governments big and small to state and federal agencies. 

The Town is currently evaluating feasible alternatives and weighing environmental benefits with financial ones. While that discussion is taking place, it is important to make sure that we all are recycling properly and taking the following into consideration.

Recycled materials in storage
Are You Sure You Know What Can Be Recycled Curbside in Indian Trail?
The following items are recyclable curbside:
  • Rinsed plastic containers (#1-7 only)
  • Rinsed aluminum and tin cans
  • Flattened food boxes and corrugated cardboard
  • Paper bags and mixed paper like junk mail and newspapers

These items are NOT recyclable curbside:
  • Glass bottles and jars & window or mirror glass. See Union County drop-off locations to properly recycle glass
  • Wrapping paper or Styrofoam
  • Pizza boxes or plastic bags, wrap or film
  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • Household or yard waste
  • Plastic hangers and light bulbs
  • Antifreeze or oil containers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Dishes, cookware and pots and pans
  • Batteries or wire
  • Garden hoses
More information on this issue will be made available in the near future. For questions and comments, email the Town of Indian Trail Public Works Department at